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Lab Rules

The following general rules apply to all computer labs and computers on the UHSL campus unless otherwise noted. Please note that they do not cover every possible situation and the IT staff has latitude in making judgments that meet a particular situation that is not described here. By using the computing resources, users acknowledge that the following rules have been read, are understood, and will be followed.

 

  • Only University of Houston (UH) students, faculty, and staff may use the computing resources.

  • Lab hardware, software, and printing are to be used for educational purposes only and are not available for private or commercial use.

  • Users may not violate the privacy and security of other users' work, files, CDs, disks, passwords, or any other item associated with the user's computer account.

  • Users may not violate the copyright of software, data, audio works, or video works. (See Legal Use of Software below.)

  • Users may not bring food, drink, or tobacco products into the labs.

  • Users will not introduce computer viruses or other destructive code into UHSL computer network.

  • Users should maintain a QUIET ENVIRONMENT in the open computer lab so that others may work without distraction. Users may not use abusive or foul language or exhibit disruptive behavior in the lab. The open computer lab may also not to be used for visiting or group meetings. Disruptive behavior or noise will not be tolerated. If group work and projects require a louder environment than what is allowed in the open lab, users will need to exit the lab so they don't disturb others. If another individual's noise prevents another user from working, the user should go to the IT Service Desk next to the lab and inform the IT staff.

  • Modifying system files or settings on any computer in the labs is not permitted. Users are also not permitted to install programs or store data files on the computers or any local server. Data files should be saved on the individual's CD, DVD, or USB memory device (such as a pen drive, flash drive, etc.). In emergency situations, contact the IT staff.

  • Playing games on the computers is not permitted.

  • Internet usage is available for academic and educational purposes only. Chat rooms, network game playing, and pornography in any form are not permitted.

  • Report any suspected problems with equipment or software to the IT staff. Do not attempt to repair or disassemble any equipment.

  • Children who are not UH students are not permitted in the labs. NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • Conversations on cellular phones are not permitted in the Open Computer Lab. If you make or receive a phone call, please leave the lab and conduct the conversation outside.

 

An individual who viiolates the above rules may be asked to leave the lab facilities or classroom. In addition, any individual who violates UH policies and procedures on computing resources may have their lab privileges revoked for a set period of time or indefinitely. Actions that are a violation of any UH or UH System policy will be reported to the appropriate university official for possible disciplinary action.

Some of these conditions are matters of law and to violate them is a criminal offense. UHSL will cooperate with the federal and state agencies in the prosecution of such offenses. If you have any information concerning an infraction of the above conditions, contact the IT staff.

Please remember that while the IT staff is there to provide assistance to you, they are operational specialists and not application specialists. Their responsibility is to operate and maintain the computer network. They may not be familiar with specific software programs or applications. If you need help with a software program and they are not able to assist you with it, contact the UH Help Desk.

Legal Use of Software

Federal copyright laws protect most software available in the computer labs. Unauthorized copying of software is illegal. Lack of copy protection does not constitute permission to copy software in order to share or to sell it. It is the policy of UHSL to honor all copyright protection laws. The software made available by UHSL is licensed for your use. However, its use may be subject to certain limitations.

Students wishing to request specific software packages can give their suggestions to the IT staff for consideration. There are many issues that affect software additions and there is no guarantee that the requested software will be purchased.

UHSL is not responsible for loss of information from computing misuse, malfunction of computing hardware, malfunction of computing software, loss of storage media, or external contamination of data or programs. UHSL makes every effort to ensure the integrity of the campuses' computer systems and information storage.